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2     WHEREAS, The members of the House of Representatives of the
3 State of Illinois are pleased to congratulate Reyneisha Sharp
4 on being named the Youth of the Year for the State of Illinois
5 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA); and
6     WHEREAS, Miss Sharp is an eight-year member of the Boys &
7 Girls Club of Alton; in addition to winning this prestigious
8 title, she will also receive $5,000 from the Illinois Alliance
9 of Boys & Girls Clubs and a $1,000 scholarship from the
10 Reader's Digest Foundation; and
11     WHEREAS, The Youth of the Year program, which has been
12 nationally sponsored by the Reader's Digest Foundation for 59
13 years, recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's
14 family, school, community, and Boys & Girls Club, as well as
15 personal challenges and obstacles overcome; and
16     WHEREAS, By being an active member in her Club, Miss Sharp
17 was chosen to represent the Club in leadership and
18 entrepreneurial conferences, in which she lectured on topics
19 concerning youth; she is a member of the Keystone Club, a teen
20 group that practices leadership through learning and community
21 service, and she participates in all core programs at the Club;
22 she also volunteers with the Clubs' homework assistance
23 program, which led to her being hired as program assistant in
24 the social and recreational area; her involvement with the Club
25 has deemed her a leader and role model to other youth; and
26     WHEREAS, She attends Alton High School and participates in
27 many extracurricular activities, including the Lewis and Clark
28 Community College Upward Bound program, track, basketball, and
29 tennis; she has volunteered at nursing homes, participated in
30 community clean-ups in elderly communities, school zones, and
31 impoverished neighborhoods, and tutored fourth grade



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1 elementary students; she has a true concern for others and a
2 strong willingness to better her community; and
3     WHEREAS, Miss Sharp will compete against other youth from
4 states located in BGCA's Midwest Region; regional winners then
5 advance to the national competition in Washington; therefore,
6 be it
9 we congratulate Reyneisha Sharp on being named the Youth of the
10 Year for the State of Illinois by Boys & Girls Clubs of
11 America; and be it further
12     RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
13 presented to Miss Sharp as an expression of our esteem.